Moderate quake hits remote area in southeast Iran

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Posted: Jul 29, 2011 5:07 AM
Moderate quake hits remote area in southeast Iran

Iran says a magnitude 4.6 earthquake has rattled a remote region in the southeast.

State TV says the quake hit around 3 a.m. Friday in a sparsely populated area outside the town of Faryab in Kerman province. It says the quake didn't cause any casualties or damage but sent residents running out of their homes in panic.

The U.S. Geological Survey put the quake's magnitude at 4.5, with the epicenter about 648 miles (1,043 kilometers) southeast of Tehran.

Iran is located on seismic fault lines and is prone to earthquakes, experiencing at least one slight quake a day on average.

Some 26,000 people were killed by a magnitude 6.6 quake that flattened the historic southeastern city of Bam in 2003.